Friday, October 28, 2011
They Over-Use Solitary Confinement
An Alaskan prisoner just won a case against CCA after he had been forced to spend 20 days in solitary confinement and been denied his due process rights while incarcerated in Arizona. The court found that the prison essentially prevented the prisoner from exercising his right to face his accuser for a serious disciplinary infraction. It held that the punishment was so severe - solitary confinement typically involves 23-hour-a-day lockdown with little to no human contact - that the prison had to allow the prisoner to challenge his placement.